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by kiwigeo
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

I usually source the dowel from my local hardware shop but Mitre 10 and Bunnings have the same product.
blackalex1952 wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:02 pm
Martin where did you get the hoop pine dowels from? Cheers! Ross
by kiwigeo
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: French polishing
Replies: 13
Views: 307

Re: French polishing

My munecas consist of a core of upholsterer's wadding and the covers are trace cloth (lint free). To stop the pad going hard I keep my munecas in a sealed jar. As far as oils go I've tried them all but of late have been using mineral oil.
by kiwigeo
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: French polishing
Replies: 13
Views: 307

Re: French polishing

Hi there Rob..it's been too long since we heard some expert words from you on finishing. Hope you're well and look forward to a few more posts from you in the near future.
by kiwigeo
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

Congratulations Pete...you've just caught a bad case of TAS..Tool Acquisition Syndrome :) I bought one of those Veritas scraper planes...but ended up using an old Millers Falls scraper plane I picked up at an old tool sale. I found the Millers Falls had a slightly more flexible blade and the blade w...
by kiwigeo
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

If your heart is really set on rubber feet for your go bars and youre too tight to buy the things.....you can always roll a few oldies and nick the rubber feet off their walking sticks :mrgreen:
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by kiwigeo
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

I've never seen a bridge clamped up using go bars. I generally apply a lot more clamping pressure to a bridge than I'd be able to get from go bars.
Petecane wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:26 pm

If I made a block of wood exactly the right height and located it directly under the bridge position can I use Go Bars to glue it down?
Pete
by kiwigeo
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: French polishing
Replies: 13
Views: 307

Re: French polishing

French polishing is something you get better at the more you do it. There's no one method...you try different techniques and you end up adopting what works for you. Thanks Pete I appreciate it. And I haven't been spiriting it off just sanding it back to get rid of ridges. I also haven't been using o...
by kiwigeo
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

Marvel at the pretty pictures on Stewmac and LMI's websites....and then go and work up a cheaper solution :D

Petecane wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:58 pm
Brilliant!
That solves my question.
Many thanks for the alternative solutions.
Pete
by kiwigeo
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

I use hoop pine for my go bars. I sand the ends round and don't worry about rubber tips. When gluing up pre-shaped braces I use a caul with a v routered along it. If the braces are being shaped after gluing in then dents on the top of the brace aren't an issue. The V channel in the caul fits over th...
by kiwigeo
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Taught my first (and last?) Ukulele construction class
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Taught my first (and last?) Ukulele construction class

Nice work John...often the best way to learn is to teach.
by kiwigeo
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: French polishing
Replies: 13
Views: 307

Re: French polishing

For the record I use a 2lb cut for bodying sessions and go to a lighter cut (1-1.5lb) for the last few sessions. I use hard shellac ready mixed up by Shines. If youre using this stuff keep in mind that you cant allow long periods between bodying sessions as the stuff will have started cross linking ...
by kiwigeo
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: French polishing
Replies: 13
Views: 307

Re: French polishing

Traditionally a spiriting off session after every few bodying session takes care of the ridges. There's a bit of skill involved in spiriting off so I take the easy option and I generally do a cut back session with 600 grit wet and dry wrapped around a felt block with a bit of oil for lubrication eve...
by kiwigeo
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.
Replies: 74
Views: 2511

Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Nice work Pete. Always a good feeling to see the results of all the hard work.
by kiwigeo
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Roasted Neck Wood
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Roasted Neck Wood

Hi Lillian, The wood roasting thing seems to be popular in the US but obviously it's not such a hot potato down under. To be honest I haven't really found the time to do a lot of research on the topic....too busy with other stuff :) Anyway with my cooking skills Id end up with a stick of charcoal th...
by kiwigeo
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some tutes
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Some tutes

Welcome back Steve and as always the tutes are much appreciated. Hope you're on top of those problems with your ticker.
by kiwigeo
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tele Thinline Build
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Tele Thinline Build

Welcome to the forum Woltz and thanks for sharing this build.
by kiwigeo
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Whingey PMs to Admins
Replies: 0
Views: 196

Whingey PMs to Admins

A note to all members. If another member is annoying you with something they've said and it's not abuse or any other content that contravenes the forum rules and guidelines....please don't send whingey PMs to the forum Moderators telling us how upset you are and that you're going to quit posting on ...
by kiwigeo
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 20
Views: 788

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

I was going to ask the same question. Perhaps a guitar with no back would be the control?? :) It’s an interesting topic, and I’m curious Peter; what would be the control that the study design omitted? A control group, in my high-school level understanding of science, is the experiment run the exact ...
by kiwigeo
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Nylon string tension testing
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: Nylon string tension testing

See Trevor Gore and Gerard Gilet's Books. There are photos of a jig Trevor uses to measure/calculate longtitudinal stiffness. I built the jig but found that when testing classical strings 1) it took a week or more for the strings to finish stretching and 2) stiffness calculations were highly variabl...
by kiwigeo
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Roasted Neck Wood
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Roasted Neck Wood

Roasting top woods seems to be a big thing over on The Luthier Community forum. I haven't looked much into it but the theory seems to have some substance to it. Whether or not I'd pay a large premium for a roasted over non roasted wood is another matter. I note that the roasting process occurs after...
by kiwigeo
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 36
Views: 7307

Re: Attention all Lurkers

No chance of your account being deleted Lillian...you're one of the originals :) Nice to hear from you after so long and glad to hear there's going to be some action in your shop. Thank you for not binning my account Martin. Truly appreciated. Left another soul-sucking job a bit over a year and a ha...
by kiwigeo
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Double Bass Build Completed
Replies: 12
Views: 589

Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Nice work on that "big guitar" Michael :) Re videos....unfortunately the BBS software doesn't support direct uploading of videos as far as I know. Youtube is the easiest way to air a video clip. Unable to upload a sound clip either. Seems this is not possible for Apple Quicktime mov videos or m4a so...
by kiwigeo
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Wood for Falcate Braces in UK
Replies: 12
Views: 501

Re: Wood for Falcate Braces in UK

Nice looking jigs Erik. My brace bending jig is a bit more "agricultural" :) I use epoxy resin to glue up strips that are around 2.2mm thick. The strips are held against the form with a picture framing band clamp with additional clamping pressure supplied by spring clamps. Paste wax is applied to th...
by kiwigeo
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shipping overseas
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: shipping overseas

I guess your next option is courier/shipping companies. https://mydhl.express.dhl/au/en/home.html#/getQuoteTab Not sure if this is the right place to ask but I assume some of you ship guitars etc overseas and might be able offer advice. I have received a faulty instrument, ie. crack in the neck, and...